The Chippewa’s of Rama First Nation are the operators of Casino Rama, a gaming facility located in the city of Orillia. The Ontario gaming venue may be at risk due to a proposal for a new entertainment complex in the area. The casino could lose revenues and the city of Orillia is now showing support in a move by the operator to see the proposed entertainment venue suspended or stopped.
A motion was passed by the Reserve to seek a suspension or cease of the proposed entertainment complex, which would be located at Casino Niagara. The motion asks the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to see that the entertainment complex would affect Casino Rama negatively and the local economy of Orillia.
On Monday, the Orillia Council held a meeting in which the motion of support was passed. Steve Clarke is the Mayor of Orillia who stated that many of the people who work at Casino Rama live in Orillia or the surrounding areas and a negative effect would be felt in the city if competition existed with the Casino Rama.
According to Clarke, the request to the OLG by the Rama First Nation includes a request to see the prequalification for the new complex to be stopped. The tribe would also like to see the OLG consider Casino Rama for a new conference center.